Caroline Caddy’s latest collection of poetry, Esperance: new and selected poems, was shortlisted for the prestigious John Bray Poetry Prize worth $15,000 this week.
Caroline Caddy was born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1944 and spent her childhood in the United States and Japan. Since then, she has lived much of her life in Western Australia, raised two children, published seven books of poetry, received national and state fellowships for creative writing, and won the WA Week Literary Award for Poetry and the National Book Council’s Banjo Award in 1992. Her work has been broadcast on ABC Radio National and appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies.
Fellow poets up for the John Bray Poetry Prize include Ken Bolton, John Tranter, Claire Gaskin, J. S. Harry and Geoff Page.
Praise for Caroline Caddy
… a master poet with a style and panache all her own – Andrew Burke, West Australian
The poetry is full of words in action and action in words… the sense of an educated sensibility responding to the sensuous universe – Graham Rowlands, Overland
Caddy is at her most stunning when she describes what she’s seeing around her – Nikki Gemmell, Quadrant